For 40 years, a Russian family was cut off from all human contact

  • Article
  • 20 min

In 1978, Soviet geologists prospecting in the wilds of Siberia discovered a family of six, lost in the taiga who lived in this remote wilderness for more than 40 years—utterly isolated and more than 150 miles from the nearest human settlement.

Voices from Solitary: A Sentence Worse Than Death

  • Article
  • 20 min

An essay by William Blake, who has been held in solitary confinement for nearly 26 years. Currently he is in a maximum security facility located in south central New York State. In 1987, Blake, then 23 and in county court on a drug charge, murdered one deputy and wounded another in a failed escape attempt. He was sentenced to 77 years to life.

I'm a shut-in. This is my story

  • Article
  • 60+ min

“For five years I have been a recluse. I don't leave the house for months at a time. I venture out into the world only when it is necessary to maintain my isolation.

I'm not agoraphobic, I'm not depressed, and I'm not insane too. I simply don't socialize.”

Movies, Documentaries & Talks


  • Movie
  • 30+ min

For more than 10 years, he's been a hikikomori. He lives shut up in his apartment, strictly limiting all contact with the outside world to an absolute minimum. When a pizza delivery girl faints in his home during an earthquake, the unthinkable happens — he falls in love. Shortly after, he learns that the girl has in turn become a hikikomori. Will he dare cross the threshold that separates his apartment from the rest of the world?

Get Low

  • Movie
  • 103 min

Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) is a hermit who has no regard for anybody in the town or anyone who wants to get to know him. But one day, after a fellow old hermit has died and he hears people in the town telling stories about him, he decides that he needs to get these stories out in the public. He recruits Frank (Bill Murray), the local funeral home director, to host his own funeral. This way he can hear what everyone is saying about him, and get the truth to his past out in the open.

Into the Wild

  • Movie
  • 148 min

After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

Susan Cain: The power of introverts

  • Talk
  • 30+ min

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

Our world prizes extroverts -- but Susan Cain makes a case for the quiet and contemplative.

Mystery of the Missing Million

  • Documentary
  • 47 min

In Japan, a million young men have shut the door on real life. Almost one man in ten in his late teens and early twenties is refusing to leave his home – many do not leave their bedrooms for years on end. It is called hikikomori by the Japanese – meaning “social withdrawal”. Yet little is known about the problem and parents of sufferers prefer to hide their pain rather than seek help.


Henry David Thoreau

  • Book

In 1845, Henry David Thoreau moved into a cabin by Walden Pond. With the intention of immersing himself in nature and distancing himself from the distractions of social life, Thoreau sustained his retreat for just over two years. More popular than ever, Walden is a paean to the virtues of simplicity and self-sufficiency.

Into the Wild
Jon Krakauer

  • Book

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.


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